Baking soda has been around for over a century, and for good reason. It has many uses; as a cake-raising agent, cleaning agent and antacid, among many others. For its many benefits, it’s definitely something you always need in your house.
1. Baking soda can be used as a produce rinse
You may have tried peeling your fruit to avoid ingesting pesticides or purchased a few produce washes. However, you can get more value for your money by making a DIY baking soda produce rinse. A baking soda rinse takes 12-15 minutes to remove almost 98% of certain pesticides from fruit. This happens because baking soda aids in the breakdown of pesticides, allowing them to be washed away.
2. Baking soda can be utilised as a cleaning agent
Pour a tablespoon of baking soda down sink drains with hot water. Mix 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 tablespoons vinegar and ½ teaspoon dish soap with warm water in a spray bottle. Use it to clean kitchen surfaces. It also makes a great disinfectant for toys. So, if you are thinking of getting your kids’ Christmas presents from the Kmart deals this week, you now know how you’ll clean them up before they play with them and even afterwards.
3. Baking Soda can be used to remove carpet stains
To dry, clean and freshen up carpets, sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet, leave it on for a few minutes, then use a vacuum to clean.
To remove stains on carpets/rugs:
- Sprinkle a small, thin layer of baking soda on the carpet stain.
- Fill an empty spray bottle halfway with vinegar and water and spray the soiled area with it.
- Allow up to 1 hour for the surface to dry.
- Brush away the baking soda residue with a brush, then use a vacuum to remove the residue.
4. Baking soda can freshen up your clothes
There are some stains that don’t come out quickly, but baking soda is a solution for that. Not only does it freshen up your clothes and remove odours, but it also can whiten your clothes. Baking soda is an alkali, meaning it interacts with acids in stains to remove them when it is dissolved in water.
Also, if you notice that your clothes are wearing out faster or have mineral stains on them after using a washing machine, try adding ½ cup of baking soda to your washing load to soften the water.
5. Baking soda works as a natural deodorant
Did you know that human sweat is odourless? The odour only comes when the bacteria in your underarms breaks the sweat down. You can also use baking soda as a natural deodorant to make the smell of your sweat less acidic. Try exfoliating your underarms with baking soda in the shower. Or, if you are looking to switch to natural deodorant, you can make one yourself using baking soda. Mix 4 parts coconut oil, 1 part baking soda and two drops of an essential oil of your choice. For dry, sensitive skin, 2 parts coconut oil or shea butter. Be certain to do a patch test prior to trying it out to rule out any sensitivity.
6. Baking soda kills weeds
Weeds have deep roots and are difficult to eliminate without the use of chemical weed killers. Having said that, baking soda is equally effective yet cheaper. Baking soda is also safer; because baking soda contains a lot of salt, which makes it difficult for weeds to grow. Sprinkle several handfuls of baking soda on weeds that are in gaps in your sidewalk or driveway. Although baking soda is safe, don’t use it to kill weeds in your flower beds or gardens because it could harm your other plants.
7. You can make baking soda water to help with certain health issues
Baking soda will be a life-saver if you ever have heartburn or indigestion. This is because it helps to regulate your stomach by neutralising excess stomach acid.
Baking soda’s alkalising properties make it a good solution for inflammation as well. It raises PH levels to alkalise your blood and prevent inflammation in joints. It can also reduce the acid levels in your urine if you have a UTI. Check with your doctor if this might work for you.
Try not to use baking soda in water in excess, as it could cause more problems than it solves.